New York State, people with disabilities and their families have rights and opportunities. However, people looking to exercise these rights or access available opportunities must be proactive, and that takes time and effort. Family members of people with disabilities know that you must work to obtain what your family member with a disability and your family need.
Research your rights and where to access the supports, services and opportunities you need and then actively seek out the appropriate officials, state agencies and other organization to obtain the supports for you or your family member. This frequently requires face-to-face meetings, often with people who are busy and overworked. You will sometimes need to be persistent in advocating for what you, your loved one and your family require.
For more information about advocacy efforts in New York State visit www.nyfamilyrights.org.